The monitoring and evaluation of LIFE SURE project will mainly be done by the research team from Linnaeus University. This an important part of the project since this will be the way to verify all pre-established hypothesis regarding the environmental friendliness, low-cost and easy to use dredging method. Besides, the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the treatment system will be also closely evaluated.
Therefore the monitoring and evaluation will be focused on three different targets: The Malmfjärden bay and what are the effects caused by the innovative dredging, the dredging machines itself and the treatment process of the sediment and reject water considering treatment performance and respective final water and sediment quality with focus on possibilities of using treated sediments as raw material for different purposes.
In this activity we will evaluate the project effects on the surrounding environment, including potential negative impacts, and the effects on the bottom sediments itself, dredging effectiveness. Monitoring will be focused on:
Furthermore, monitoring will also be done visually through the use of surface and underwater photographs in order to bring possibilities of observing the underwater conditions not only based on chemical analysis.
During this phase activities will be focused on monitoring and following-up the treatment system in its different steps from the inlet until the outlet and final products. Quality standards will be established by the environmental authorities (reject water) and also to the final sediment according to the beneficial use and this will be achieved based on a well-functioning treatment process that is only possible through a well-planned monitoring and evaluation process. Mass balances of sediment and water and also energy consumption will be included in this step.
The objective of this sub-action is to monitor the cost-effectiveness of the “low-flow” in comparison to conventional methods. Some input parameters will be consumption of chemicals, energy, operational costs, maintenance and the potential of having beneficial use of the final products. The calculated costs will be compared with similar dredging projects that have been carried out in the past 10 years. The selected projects must have preferably similar conditions as Malmfjärden such as moderate contamination of metals and phosphorus and possibly the beneficial use of the sediments.
The objective of this sub-action is to monitor the user friendliness of the dredging method. During the full scale demonstration a number of study visits will be done addressed to different stakeholders (NGOs, authorities, municipalities, universities and companies) and persons with no technical skills in dredging will have the opportunity to operate the system and give their feedback and evaluation on the user-friendliness. User-friendliness of transportation and storage will also be evaluated.
The dissemination activities will also be monitored during the project using indicators such as:
The success of dissemination and replication will also be counted in number of interested stakeholders and stakeholders which decide to purchase the equipment.
Project management and project partners need to plan and prepare for the stages in the project.
Dredging equipment will be constructed to suit the project purpose and objectives.
To know how to fully use the equipement in full scale, we will first test the system in small scale.
Based on the knowledge of the small scale test, we will perform full scale dredging and treatment.
How to disseminate the technology and results of Life SURE.